This Art Moderne Post Office on Canal Street, originally known as Station B, was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989. It was built in 1937 and currently serves the people and businesses of TriBeCa and Soho. In the recent riots, it was defaced and vandalised. Mail service began with the first ships that arrived in New York harbour following the settlement of Amsterdam in 1626. Britain’s Postmaster General did not set up a ‘Chief Letter Office’ in the colony until 1710. Congress took control of the postal system in 1775 with Benjamin Franklin becoming the first Postmaster General of the United States.